Illinois News

Friday, June 14, 2019

Chicago Fire Department Responds to Train Fire at Union Station

VIDEO: Inbound and outbound train movement was temporarily suspended at Union Station after a Metra BNSF train to Aurora was evacuated just south of Union Station Thursday night due to a locomotive fire, officials say. Train #1285 scheduled to leave Chicago Union Station at 6:31 experienced a “mechanical failure causing a small fire,” according to Metra’s website. The fire was inside a locomotive and was out by 7:05 p.m., according to a tweet from the Chicago Fire Department. A spokesman for CFD said crews responded to a report of a rubbish fire just outside the station around 6:20 p.m. but arrived to find a locomotive with fire coming out of the roof. Firefighters were using lines to cool the engine as of 7:09 p.m. About 100 people were safely evacuated from the train, which was not moving. “No smoke was ever inside the station,” the spokesman said. No injuries were reported. Metra is investigating the scene.
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Monroe Township Fire launches a new live-in program

A local fire department is launching an initiative to recruit more members. Monroe Township Fire is now accepting applications for live-in firefighters and EMTs. “If we can get them the education, the training, the experience, and the testing they need, we can get where they need to be," says Captain Michaelle Jaeger. The program allows licensed EMTs to receive firefighter training while also working on their education. "Their number one job while they are here is to help us with calls, but that is almost equal to being a student," says Jaeger. The hope is that by the time they are finished, they will be ready to start a career in the field. “They will utilize any tools here and experience the training that we do. It will be reinforced by opening cabinets and being immersed in that culture," says Chief Deputy Richard Wilson.
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No injuries after gas line struck at Monmouth water park site

A gas line was struck during excavation work in Monmouth Thursday afternoon. Monmouth Fire Chief Casey Rexroat said Monmouth police, fire and city works crews responded to North G Street and West Harlem Avenue at about 2:03 p.m. for a gas line that was hit. That was at the job site of the new Warren County YMCA Pattee Water Park. “They hit a gas line that was not marked. I don’t think anyone realized the gas line was there,” Rexroat said. Nearby houses were evacuated as a precaution and Rexroat said fire crews remained at the intersection for about an hour. No injuries were reported. “Most of the gas was carried away by the wind, and that type of gas naturally rises,” Rexroat said. Fire crews “monitored the area until Ameren Illinois arrived and sealed the leak off.” Sam Brooks, executive director of the Warren County YMCA, said Thursday that the work started about a handful of days ago.

Carbondale Fire Department gets new gear

Carbondale firefighters have new equipment that will help them better serve citizens of the city. A grant from FEMA allowed the city to purchase 29 air packs and masks. The devices deliver fresh air to the firefighters while they work. These new devices reduce fatigue, and offer improved communication. The new air packs will extend work time from thirty minutes to forty-five. Mike Hertz, Carbondale Fire Chief, says the extended time is an asset to the entire community. “Time matters in our field. In this job, minutes and seconds count. So, if we have the best, the most comfortable for us to be able to do our jobs, it’s better for the citizens, for the community," Hertz said. The new gear in total cost just under $200,000 but thanks to the grant from FEMA, the city only covered roughly ten percent of the total cost.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Explosion injures 3 during Oglesby emergency rescue training

An accidental explosion during a Fire and EMS training session injured two Oglesby firefighters and one EMT on Wednesday. At about 6 p.m., the Oglesby Fire and EMS Water Rescue Team was training at the canoe landing on the Vermilion River near Ed Hand Highway, the Oglesby Fire Department reported in a Facebook post. About an hour later, a rupture in an inflatable boat caused a violent explosion. All injured personnel were transported to Illinois Valley Community Hospital for treatment.
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3 hospitalized, pets rescued after Decatur house fire

Three people were hospitalized after a fire heavily damaged a house. Firefighters say the second floor of a home at 1355 N. Church St. took heavy smoke and fire damage Wednesday evening, while the first floor had minor smoke damage. Neighbors say firefighters broke through a second-story window to attack the flames. The three occupants, including two adults and a 16-year-old teen, were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. Pets were also rescued, including 10 kittens, two adult female cats and a dog. The kittens are believed to be from recent litters. Firefighters say they tried to resuscitate a second dog but were unable to save it. Family members took possession of the dog that lived, crews say, while Macon County Animal Control took the cats from the scene. Firefighters say they had the fire out within minutes of their arrival, which was shortly after 5 p.m. They remained on the scene for several hours to make sure it was fully out.
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Several people taken to hospital after rollover crash near downtown Bloomington

Several people have been taken to a hospital after a rollover crash near downtown Bloomington that happened about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The crash occurred in the 300 block of West Market Street and at least one vehicle was overturned. At least three people were taken to the hospital with possible injuries. Several ambulances were on the scene and police were re-routing traffic near the crash. Northbound traffic on Madison St. at the intersection of Market St. was closed for a shot time as wrecker operators removed vehicles from the accident scene. Traffic is moving through the intersection as fire crews report returning to their stations. Details surrounding the cause of the accident are pending a Bloomington police investigation.
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Investigation continues into deadly Normal house fire

An investigation is continuing into a Normal house fire that claimed the life of a 76-year-old woman. McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder said the sole occupant of the house at 1313 Baugh Drive was taken to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and pronounced dead at 3:59 p.m. Wednesday. An autopsy is planned Thursday and investigators are continuing to determine the fire's cause. The woman's name has not been released, pending further notification of family. The fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. by a neighbor and a passerby who saw smoke pouring out of the one-story brick home. Arriving firefighters found flames coming from a window at the back of the house, fire department spokesman Matt Swaney said. Firefighters had the fire under control in under 10 minutes. Heavy smoke, heat and water damaged much of the house, and several windows were broken during the ventilation process, Swaney said.
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DeKalb Fire Department receives $3,000 grant

Thanks to a $3,000 grant, DeKalb Fire Chief Jeff McMaster says the department is one step closer to equipping its crews with tools for “dire” situations. Sycamore-based insurance company Country Financial donated the money as part of its Operation Helping Heroes program, which began in 2015 as a way to support local emergency response teams and nonprofits that benefit active duty service members, veterans and their families. Country Financial representatives, including Mike Shipley, called emergency service providers like the DeKalb Fire Department “pivotal points” for the safety of the community. “We are thankful we were able to provide a grant to replace the outdated equipment to keep our firefighters as safe as possible,” Shipley said. “We truly appreciate all they have done and continue to do for our community.”
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